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5 Questions With… Jacob Soboroff, Who Just Had His Show Canceled

JacobWe had an interview scheduled with Pivot’s “TakePart Live” co-anchor Jacob Soboroff this week, but his show was unexpectedly and abruptly canceled before we could actually get together. We spoke with Soboroff anyway, to get talk about his future plans and what he’ll miss about the short-lived nightly news program.

TVNewser: We’re sorry to hear “TakePart Live” has been canceled, how does this experience shape your career?

Soboroff: Hey thanks! It was unreal, I wouldn’t trade it for anything. I got to host a live, nightly news and talk show that put Larry King and T-Pain together to auto tune the news and quiz people inside my 2000 Florida recount voting machine on Hollywood Boulevard! Yes, I own a voting machine. I’m a civics nerd.

The cherry on top is working with some of my idols in the industry: Participant Media, a company that cares as much about social change as it does the bottom line, and our production company Embassy Row, the folks behind “Watch What Happens Live” and “Talking Dead,” two shows I love. I think I felt like Kobe must have playing for Phil Jackson in the triangle offense. Or CP3 playing for Doc. Yes, I’m a Clippers fan.

TVNewser: We recently had 5 Questions for your “TPL” co-anchor Baratunde Thurston and he seemed very optimistic about the future of the show. What happened?

Soboroff: I love Baratunde. And Meghan McCain, our third co-host. I’ll miss hanging out with them nightly. I think we made such a fun show, and a different kind of news show. One that put the audience first and was entertaining. I mean we highlighted veterans issues by having me body slammed by a pro wrestler. After hosting “YouTube Nation” this year for YouTube and DreamWorks, and “HuffPost Live” before that, I have seen incredible communities form around news and information shows online. I think it’s harder, but not impossible, to build that kind of interactive community through TV. Also, maybe I should have gotten a haircut. But my wife would not be into that.

TVNewser: So, will you be staying with Pivot in some capacity or moving on? Any projects lined up? Read more

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‘TakePart Live’ Gets Axed by Pivot

304Baratunde_finalPivot’s millennial-driven newscast “TakePart Live” has been canceled. The show was anchored by Meghan McCain, Jacob Soboroff and Baratunde Thurston. We recently profiled Thurston, who seemed optimistic about the future of the program.

A statement released by Pivot:

We thank our hosts and producers, they are incredibly talented and we’re already in discussion to work with them in different ways so that they can continue to have a place on Pivot.

“TakePart Live” premiered in August 2013 when Pivot TV launched. TVNewser will update details as they become available.

5 Questions with… Baratunde Thurston, Taking a Sledgehammer to the Traditional Newscast

304Baratunde_finalBaratunde Thurston is a modern-day Renaissance man. The Co-host of “TakePart Live,” a nightly news program on Pivot, Thurston is also a social commentator who frequently tackles highly charged, emotional issues like race, politics and social justice. In addition, he’s a comedian, speaker, author and co-founded Cultivated Wit, a company that uses humor, design, and technology to produce events like “Comedy Hack Day.”

From 2007 to 2012, Thurston was the politics editor and director of digital for The Onion, which he told us about in a “Media Beat” a few years back.

TVNewser caught up with Thurston to discuss his new show, his Twitter habits and what he’d like to be doing q0 years from now.

TVNewser: As the host of “TakePart Live,” how are you guys trying to break the mold of the “traditional” newscast?

Thurston: Slight correction: I’m a co-host of “TakePart Live” along with Jacob Soboroff and Meghan McCain. I’d hate for this interview to instantly destroy the cohesion of our team! In terms of mold-breaking, here are a few ways.

a) We’re young.

b) We have varying and often opposing opinions on topics.

c) We encourage the audience to actually DO something about the stories we discuss, and not just get excited or enraged. The connection to social action is a big shift, and we’re experimenting with what that means and how to share back with our viewers the impact of what they’ve done.

d) Just before every show, we have a plaster mold made of what a traditional newscast is, and we each take a sledgehammer and smash it.

TVNewser:  How has Twitter changed the way people consume news?

Thurston: Twitter makes it far easier for people to yell back at the news. I think there’s much more news-yelling happening in the world thanks to Twitter, so they’ve got that going for them. But yelling isn’t the only shift. Twitter simplifies the act of following news sources we like, and allows us to connect directly with journalists, sources, subjects and other news consumers, not just with the media outlet. Most significantly, Twitter has made it easy for “people who consume news” to become “people who produce news” especially with first-hand, on the ground reporting during major events like natural disasters or awards shows (which can be hard to differentiate because, have you seen awards shows lately?).

TVNewser: You’re on TV, have a New York Times best-selling book, you’ve also been successful in digital content and even on stage as a live performer. What medium is your favorite and what platform reaches the most people?

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The Evening Ticker: Ward, Leno, Thurston

  • CBS’s Clarissa Ward continues her reporting from inside Syria tonight on the “CBS Evening News.” Last night Ward spoke with a Dutch man turned Syrian rebel. Tonight, she’ll speak with a Somali-American who recently joined Al-Nusra.

  • Jay Leno is close to a deal that would not only land him back on television, but also back with the NBCUniversal family, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Leno’s new show would air on CNBC in primetime and focus on his longtime love of cars.

Is Sarah Palin Pitching Herself to ‘The View’?

sarah palin_304x200The rumor mill on who will replace ousted “The View” hosts Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy is in full force, and former Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin seems to be throwing her hat in the ring.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Palin talks about possibly co-hosting a political talk show, mentioning that “The View” might be better if it goes “rogue.”

Maybe. But the politics would have to be interspersed with a whole lot of fun and real life and inspiration showcasing American work ethic, because those topics are all pretty much the antithesis of today’s politics, which I find incorrigibly disastrous! It’d be so much fun to shake it up taking on issues that make audiences objectively consider all sides, and I’d do it with my own real-life groundedness, candor and commonsense that I’m known for. Media needs that today, versus the condescension that oozes from TV and radio. I hear everyone recently got canned from The View, maybe a show like that needs a punch of reality and a voice of reason from America’s heartland to knock some humble sense into their scripts. You know, someone willing to go rogue.

In our poll on potential new hosts, NBC’s Ann Curry led the way, followed by CNN’s S.E. Cupp and Palin’s former running mate’s daughter, Meghan McCain.

Who Will Be the Next Hosts of ‘The View’?

The View hosts poll results

The results are in from last week’s TVNewser poll on who the next hosts of “The View” will be: Ann Curry led the way with 29.01% of the vote, followed by Meghan McCain with 19.95%, S.E. Cupp with 15.17%,  Anderson Cooper with 14.48%, and Alicia Menendez with 9.63%.

11.76% of you answered “other,” filling in the blank with candidates like Matt Lauer, Diane Sawyer, Don Lemon, and Ali Wentworth, George Stephanopoulos‘ wife.

Behind the Scenes at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner

For the White House Correspondents’ Association, it’s a night to celebrate the free press. For Joel McHale, it’s a night where “a guy like me can stand before the president, the press and Patrick Duffy, and tell jokes without severe repercussions.” And for TVNewser, it’s a night where the people we cover all year — executives, producers, reporters and anchors from every major network — are all together in the same room: the annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner, which we attended this year as a guest of ABC News.

Our night began outside the entrance to the ballroom at the Washington Hilton, where we overheard now-NBC News correspdonent Cynthia McFadden ask for directions to the ABC News party. We followed her in, and a few minutes later we were chatting with Diane Sawyer, who told us she always looks forward to the Correspondents’ Dinner, and James Goldston, who said he was pleased with his first few weeks as ABC News president. In the back of the room, Fox News anchors Ainsley Earhardt and Kimberly Guilfoyle posed for a picture with Sofia Vergara; Earhardt told us afterwards that she’s “having a blast” anchoring “Fox & Friends First,” despite the crazy hours. We spotted Katie Couric chatting with former Presidential candidate Jon Huntsman and his daughter, Abby Huntsman, who is a co-host of MSNBC’s “The Cycle.”

Wolf Blitzer made the rounds with Diane Lane. We saw NBC’s Savannah Guthrie and ABC’s Lara Spencer snap a picture with Tony Goldwyn from “Scandal.” We spent a few minutes with Rebecca Jarvis, and chatted with Alicia Menendez about her participation in the TVNewser Show as well as her Twitter habit.

On the way into the ballroom, we spotted Guthrie and her husband, Mike Feldman, chatting with Bret Baier and his wife Amy. We saw Jessica Simpson and her fiance, Eric Johnson, chatting with fans. Simpson’s ex, Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo, was also at the WHCD as a guest of Fox News. Read more

The Ticker: Daytime Honorees, CBS Writers, McCain-Palin Part II?

  • The Writers Guild of America has negotiated a new three-year agreement with CBS News, covering approximately 325 newswriters, editors, desk assistants, assistant producers and production assistants in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles.

Ben Mulroney Joins ‘Good Morning America’

NBC News employs the daughters of two former presidents: Jenna Bush Hager and Chelsea Clinton. ABC has on staff, Chris Cuomo, the son of a former New York governor and the brother of the current one. MSNBC counts Meghan McCain, daughter of Sen. John McCain as a contributor and CNN has turned to the great-granddaughter of Pres. Herbert Hoover, Margaret Hoover, for commentary. A Shriver, a Brzezinski, we’re sure there are  more.

Now, ABC has gone north of the U.S. border to find the latest political progeny who’s turned to television.

ABC News president Ben Sherwood announced the hiring of Ben Mulroney as a contributor to “Good Morning America.” Mulroney, the son of former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, will continue to host CTV’s “etalk,” an entertainment news program in Canada.

“He is a terrific broadcaster, quick on his feet, and excels at live television,” writes Sherwood in a note to the staff. “Ben is a versatile journalist, equally comfortable on the red carpet, covering the Vancouver Winter Games or interviewing Canadian Prime Ministers.”

Mulroney makes his “GMA” bow this weekend.

Sometimes, It Helps To Have the Subject’s Granddaughter On The Payroll

NBC News catches a lot of flack for hiring the children of prominent politicians (i.e. Meghan McCain, Chelsea Clinton), but there is a method to the madness. Today is former President George H.W. Bush‘s 88th birthday, and NBC’s “Today” had the first interview… conducted by his granddaughter, “Today” contributing correspondent Jenna Bush Hager.


Bush says he hopes to go skydiving for his 9oth birthday. No word on whether Robin Meade will be joining him this time.

Bush will be giving other interviews today, including to “ABC World News” anchor Diane Sawyer.